Locals and visitors know how beautiful Boise, ID, is in the summer, but it can also get hot and humid here. If your home or office doesn’t have adequate air conditioning, you may be thinking about installing a ductless mini-split air conditioner. We believe that’s a great idea!
Mini-split systems are convenient air conditioning appliances with numerous applications in commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. Best of all, they don’t require a ducting system, making them an excellent choice for cooling apartments, rooms, and offices where installing or extending traditional ductwork isn’t practical.
How Does a Mini-Split Work?
Like central air conditioning systems, mini splits contain two main components—an indoor air-handling unit and an outdoor condenser (i.e., compressor). Your unit will use a conduit with all the necessary tubes, drains, and power cables to connect the indoor and outdoor units. In essence, mini-splits work much the same way as central air conditioning units to cool and condition the indoor air.
Benefits of Mini-Split Systems
A ductless air conditioner unit is the practical option for cooling individual rooms or apartments in Boise, ID, and the rest of the state. It is crucial to have a qualified HVAC technician perform the installation and service. If the unit isn’t sized or installed correctly, it will waste energy and underperform. The technicians at Home Heating & Air Conditioning have the qualifications and experience to get the job done right and get you feeling cool and comfortable as soon as possible.
A mini-split ductless air conditioner offers several advantages:
Small Size and Flexible for Zoning
Mini-splits can have up to four indoor units to cool four different rooms or zones. Each zone has its own thermostat, which means the unit can be turned off when a room, or zone, is empty. When used in an office setting, separate indoor units allow occupants more individual control over the temperature in their space.
Ease of Installation and Maintenance
Mini-splits are easier to install than other types of air conditioners. They work in several applications because the outdoor unit can be placed up to 50 feet away from the indoor evaporator. This flexibility makes it possible to cool rooms in the front of a building while neatly hiding the outdoor compressor in the back. Maintenance for ductless units is also much simpler compared to central air conditioning systems.
The lack of ducting helps mini splits run whisper quiet. In fact, some indoor units have sound ratings as low as 19dB. That’s considered barely audible—think about hearing a pin drop on a concrete floor. With that level of quiet, your mini split won’t interrupt private conversations or distract anyone from their work at the office.
An Energy-Efficient AC Unit
Without ducts, a mini-split system wastes less energy forcing air through a network of vents, primarily when those vents are housed in a hot attic. The Department of Energy reports that up to 30% of the energy used for home cooling is potentially wasted in a duct system.
More Appealing Design
Add-on air conditioner units aren’t usually known for being great design elements. With other systems, you’re typically stuck with a big blocky appliance hanging out of the window. However, such is not the case with mini-split systems. The indoor component of a mini-split unit can be suspended from the ceiling or mounted flush if you have a drop ceiling. It can also be hung on a wall or placed on the floor. Most indoor units have a sleek profile of only about seven inches, so they’ll be inconspicuous wherever you decide to install them.
Mini-splits are a smart choice when installing or extending a central air conditioning system that isn’t feasible or affordable. You don’t need to suffer in the summer heat because your rental unit or office isn’t connected to central air. Let one of our knowledgeable technicians install a mini split unit and be comfortable in your own space. You deserve it!
Installing a ductless air conditioner requires only a small three-inch hole in the wall to accommodate the conduit that connects indoor and outdoor components. There is a constant concern about thieves or intruders accessing your home with window-mounted units, not to mention concerns about the system falling out and potentially striking a pedestrian or someone standing below the unit.
Is a Mini Split Right for Your Boise, ID, Home?
There are some disadvantages to installing this type of air conditioning unit. First of all, they cost more than window units with a similar cooling capacity, and they also cost more per ton of cooling capacity than a standard central AC system. And as we’ve mentioned, if a mini split isn’t installed or sized correctly, it won’t cool efficiently and may increase your energy costs without increasing your comfort.
But correct installation isn’t a problem when you call Home Heating & Air Conditioning to do the job. We are a certified HVAC contractor in Boise, ID, and surrounding areas. Our technicians have the training required to install and service your new mini-split system.
Have you still got questions about going ductless? That’s okay! We’ve got answers. Call or contact Home Heating & Air Conditioning online for more information about keeping your Boise, ID, house cool and conditioned this summer.